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Police Arrest Fugitive Mental Patient in Boy’s Death

January 2, 1988

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ A convicted killer who was a fugitive from a Belgian mental clinic was arrested in the fatal stabbing of a 10-year-old boy.

The man, convicted in 1979 of strangling a prostitute, last year failed to report to the clinic after a period of leave, said city police spokesman Leo Detering.

Early Friday, the man called police and said a boy collapsed on his doorstep after ringing the bell, Detering said. Police found the boy dead with a knife in his abdomen.

In line with Dutch police practice, Detering refused to identify either the 41-year-old suspect or the slain boy.

The man was arrested after police observed him behaving strangely, then found his name on a wanted list, Detering said.

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